Reivers celebrate top-five finish with six of the best

Photograph by Ian Georgeson,'The Mighty Deerstalker 2014 5km run from a start/finish at Traquair house through Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, competitors take on steep hill climbs and decent as well as running through rivers and swamps
Photograph by Ian Georgeson,'The Mighty Deerstalker 2014 5km run from a start/finish at Traquair house through Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, competitors take on steep hill climbs and decent as well as running through rivers and swamps

Fjordhus Ladies 1sts 6

Granite City Wands 0

In the final game of the season, Reivers produced a fitting farewell to the departing youngsters Emily Newlands and Zoe Higgins, who are moving on to higher education outwith the area.

After a period of building play, Reivers took charge of the game, with swift transition across the pitch resulting in a penalty corner.

The corner team were clinical in their execution and with the pace of injection from Pippa Bell and precision stick stop from Jack, Newlands hammered the ball home from top circle off the foot of an unlucky defender.

This gave the home team confidence and from another well-worked corner routine, they doubled their lead.

After Jack’s dummy at the top of the circle, she fired the ball to the far post where Bell was waiting to deflect the ball into the roof of the net.

Shortly afterwards the home team were 3-0 up when after the breakdown of another short corner, Denise Fairbairn did well to collect the ball, creating a 2v1 against the sole defender, before slipping it to Bell, who was waiting on the penalty spot.

Reivers continued to dominate the game after the break and created several more chances.

The next goal came from a sweeping move created by Morven Cawthorn, across the pitch to Jack, and on to Laura Mclean who had made a great lateral run to the left. She picked out Lucy Inglis, who chose her spot with a reverse-stick shot into the far corner.

The pressure continued with Granite City unable to get out of their own half as a result of great closing-down play, in particular from Elena Lunn and Leia Mackinnon.

The fifth goal came when Higgins found herself in space at the top of the circle, and although the initial shot was blocked, Lunn was on hand at the far post to slot the ball into the goal.

Reivers didn’t take their foot off the pedal and scored again before the final whistle.

Once more, decisive play from the attacking line resulted in a further penalty corner. This time, Jack withstood the on-rushing defenders and coolly picked her spot at the far post.

This was an excellent team performance and a fitting end to the season where Reivers finished in the top five of National Division 2.